Chiari Malformation at the UPMC Chiari Center
Leaders in Chiari Malformation Treatment
If you're suffering from Chiari malformation symptoms, the experts at the UPMC Chiari Center offer the most advanced treatments to help you return to leading an active and healthy lifestyle.
Chiari Malformation Diagnosis and Treatment
At the UPMC Chiari Center, we take a comprehensive approach when evaluating you to determine the best treatment — or combination of treatments.
To help diagnose Chiari malformation, our experts will ask about your symptoms and conduct a through physical exam. The treatment for Chiari malformation depends on the severity of your condition. For people who show symptoms, decompression surgery is often the best option.
Other treatment options may include:
- Shunting — Rarely, we may need to use a shunt to drain the cerebrospinal fluid from the brain to the abdomen to control the problem in adults.
About Chiari Malformations
Chiari malformations in adults occur when there is a lack of space for the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls balance and coordination.
When the space at the bottom back of the skull is smaller than it should be, the cerebellum and the brainstem may be pushed downward. The pressure on the cerebellum can block the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and cause an array of symptoms.